Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.

Finalist 2018

Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.


Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.

Named in the ‘AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018’, Matina is also a Telstra Business Awards Finalist and was named a CPA Australia ‘Top-10 Smart Thinker’.

Among her honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.

A bark portrait painting of Matina was entered for the 2019 Archibald Prize, and her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Military Trailblazer & Peacekeeper

Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17.  During her 15-year military career, Matina:

Advisor & Ambassador

Since being medically retired, Matina has campaigned for change for veterans and others in need through numerous honorary, ambassador and advisory roles, including:

Change Champion

Matina is a proud mum to busy young girls and lives on the Far North Coast of NSW.

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Australian War Memorial

Matina's In-Their-Words contribution, now part of a permanent exhibition at the Australian War Memorial  (4.24s)

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ABC Australian Story Documentary

The Blue Beret – Parts I & II

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Foxtel Documentary

Foxtel ‘I Survived’ Documentary


Matina is honoured to be a Brand Ambassador for TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES (TFS) who have supported millions of Australians in financing and protecting their vehicles.

Matina and TFS are aligned in their passion and duty for serving the communities they work and live in.

As a UN Peacekeeper in the Middle East, Matina patrolled ‘The Blue Line’ for many months in her TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO.

And Matina is just as appreciative of the safety and comfort of TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO doing the school drop-off and pick-ups today.

With aligned values of respect, passion, quality, innovation, and collaboration, Matina Jewell is proud to be associated with the HOGO BOSS brand.

With sustainability and success inextricably linked, HUGO BOSS has long been Matina’s first choice as the most accessible, fashionable and innovative wardrobe. “HUGO BOSS offers high quality and comfort every time – whether I’m heading to a keynote speech from a long haul flight, or to a coffee meeting from school pick up”.

Quality, innovation, and responsibility form the foundation of HUGO BOSS sustainability strategy, and focus efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Matina was named in the
AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018′.
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AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards
Finalist 2018

AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards Finalist 2018

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 100 Women of Influence Awards identifies Australian women championing change in business and society, and those who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women fighting for change every day.

Professional Speakers Australia
Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Professional Speakers Australia Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Matina was awarded Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation by the Professional Speakers Association Australia in 2017, being recognised internationally as a professional speaker of the highest standard.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Finalist 2016

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist 2016

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognises outstanding women and celebrates those doing business differently, redefining the conversation on female leadership at all levels of business.
Honorary roles

Project Thankful

Project Thankful Founding Ambassador

Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement to encourage all of us to reflect on how the everyday can be extraordinary. Thankful® is partnered with the United Nations for the empowerment and cessation of violence against women and children, globally.

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project was established to raise funds to construct the memorial honouring the service, courage and sacrifice of Australian peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security. The memorial opened in Canberra on 14th September 2017, the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping Missions.

ANZAC Centenary

ANZAC Spirit - ANZAC Centenary Commissioner

Matina provided advice to the Prime Minister and Government as one of the six-member ANZAC Centenary Commission, which included former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the late Malcolm Fraser, on how to best commemorate arguably one of the most important milestones in our young Nation's history - The ANZAC Centenary from 2014 to 2018.
Recent Activity

Rest in peace Wolf, Du, Big Mack & Hans Peter, my courageous team mates who were Killed In Action whilst serving as United Nations peacekeepers. May their service and sacrifice during the 2006 Lebanon War never be forgotten. #LestWeForget @UN @UNPeacekeeping

Thrilled to be at Chiswick restaurant @chefmattmoran flagship restaurant
Over lunch I will be sharing my experiences with leaders from the media & advertising industry. My keynote will focus on communicating with clarity &
adaptive leadership thanks2 @businesschicks @QMS_Media

I love this quote by Jane Goodall & after the global events this week, I think the world needs to hear from more ‘difficult women’ right now!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Love Matti x

#matinajewell #thoughtleadership #leadershipinaction #femaleleaders #womenwholead #genderequality

Yesterday I was honoured to give the opening keynote @PwC_AU Transaction Services National Offsite at the Barossa Valley
For many organisations it’s been a couple of years since they have been able to come together as a team in person, so it’s an extra special energy in the room

Grateful & humbled by the generous standing ovation from the fabulous audience @bp_Australia DARC connected conference on the Gold Coast today.
The conference theme is “powered by us” so it was fantastic to deliver the opening keynote to kick off the event #leadershipinaction

Extremely honoured to share the stage today at the Brisbane Convention Centre with the unstoppable @KurtFearnley and talented @MarkPuncher at the @Growcom #ShedTalk Conference (the agriculture industry’s version of Tedtalk) #leadershipinaction #resilienceinaction #matinajewell

Honoured to give the keynote of the @RACGP national conference in Hobart today where I shared my experiences and insights of leading through crisis events, building sustainable resilience and seeing challenges as opportunities. #matinajewell #RACGP #gpdoctors #GPPracticeOwner

Style file from my keynote yesterday
This crisp white @HUGOBOSS pant suit is always a great outfit for presenting teamed here with a boss silk red shirt with neck tie feature
Boss navy belt & heels for a more classic look
@kailisjewellery Exquisite accessories

Honoured to share my combat experiences with the Australian Department of Defence Directorate Archives & Services Centres at their national virtual conference yesterday

#matinajewell #peacekeepers #youradf #leadershipinaction #crisisleadership #decisionmaking #australianleaders

On this special ANZAC day where we can gather together once more in person, may we remember the sacrifice of those who have gone before us. The mateship, loyalty and courage with which they served.

Lest we forget.

#anzacday #anzacday2022 #lestweforget #anzacday #sidebyside

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I admire people who are really clear on their purpose.

I know that when I am living purposefully, I feel more meaning in everything I do.

And when I take action around my purpose, I feel fulfilled.

I call this ‘dutiful’; the duty we have to ourselves to live life on purpose.

purposeful  + meaningful + actionable = fulfilment

It feels beautiful to live dutiful.